Groupon is yet another brand name being used in phishing scams. Emails with the misspelled subject line of “Groupon dicount gifts,” claim that a friend has shared a Groupon deal with you. Except the gift is a Trojan virus which is downloaded to your computer. (Uh, no thanks!)
The email creates a since if urgency directing consumers to “Be in a hurry,” claiming the weekend special is “due” in two days. The email has all the makings of a legitimate Groupon newsletter from the logo, to the green border and there are even the additional Groupon advertisements at the bottom.
Phishing scams are becoming more prevalent and increasingly legitimate looking. Better Business Bureau reminds consumers to:
- never reply to or click links provided in an email asking for your personal information. Even if the email appears to be from a trusted source, it could be an attempt to get your personal information or download malware to your computer. Delete the email immediately.
- always verify a website’s security before sharing information. Look for “https://” in the address bar instead of “http://” whenever you are providing your personal information through a website. This indicates the web browser is secure.
- keep anti-spyware, anti-virus and anti-spam software up-to-date. While consumers are ultimately responsible for keeping personal and financial information private, these can help protect you against viruses and other malware.